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I have followed Selco’s blog for years and have learned much from it.

Selco is from the Balkan region that was at war from 92-95 in what used to be called Yugoslavia. This communist country fell apart after the fall of the Berlin wall and collapse of the Soviet Union. He survived in a city that was surrounded and under siege for a year. Life as he knew it came to a halt. WITHOUT: electricity, fuel, running water, food distribution, distribution goods, organized law or government, police, or medical services. Death from snipers, shellings, gangs, malnutrition, and lack of medical care and proper hygiene was an everyday thing,


 For almost a year it was a constant fight for survival, defending himself. He scavenged through the destroyed city looking for resources, usable water, food, or firewood. He had to “reinvent“ things in order to survive because everything was falling apart.

He also came to the same conclusion I did when thinking about how to survive a manmade or natural disaster. I am sure he would agree that One-Another or relationships are your most valuable assets. In the following quote and even though he is not a native english speaker, I think you will understand.

Do Not Be Alone

“It is good old SHTF advice- do not be alone. Being with someone means that you can have support, someone who can recheck your decisions (or vice versa), someone who can take lead when you are “down“ or simply someone who can be awake while you are taking short sleep.”


In talking about Christmas

“Get-togethers (family) become even more important because people lean much more on each other between group or family, simply because they needed much more support – psychological too – than in normal times. A lot of religious people lost their faith when they saw family members dying. On the other side lot of people found God in that desperate times – as an only hope.

Being together with family members for small “time off“ become almost like small rituals, like a ritual of finding inner strength and support in order to push more through hard times.

Yes, religion was a big part of it, but it was not only about religion, it was about finding strength in you and people close to you – family, and sharing it between each other.

AuthorJohn Johnston
CategoriesOne Another